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HELP! Puppy having loose stools

Hey all,

So recently my puppy has been having loose stools. His stools are fluctuating from being firm to a soft-serve icecream type to melted ice-cream daily (it gets worse as the day goes on.) It is especially bad at night! He recently finished his dog food, (Now! Fresh, large breed puppy food) and we purchased a new bag of the same food which he is eating now. We've tried giving him rice and that has helped a bit. Before his loose stools, I gave him a hide bone (dingo ringos) which he demolished and the day after, his stools started appearing loose. I'm not sure if that has to do with anything but just letting you know so I can get some input. We've stopped him on all treats and have just been giving him dog food and rice. His appetite is normal, and he is behaving normally-- very energetic and playful. Any idea on what could be wrong? We are thinking of taking him to the vet in a couple of days, but I just wanted an opinion on what could be wrong. He's almost 4 months, and his shots are up-to-date.

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Yea... that would be the rawhide. I wouldn't feed rawhides if they give him stomach problems, and also because they aren't the safest chews.
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I've heard overfeeding can cause this problem. I've been having problems for a couple months with my puppy having loose stools as well. We've treated him for every worm possible, giardia and coccidia, done the fortaflora, etc. Several food changes and we're just giving it a little time. Hubby decreased his food today to see if that will help. Our puppy is on California Naturals Lamb and Rice Puppy. He will start out with a solid poop and then the end of the poop is looser. Every once in awhile we'll have a totally perfect poop. He's not gassy, only pooping twice a day and there's no blood or mucus in his stool and he's gaining weight. Loose stools are tricky I'm learning....

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I bet it's the rawhide too. Liberty can't seem to digest any of that stuff. Any of the rawhides, or the bully sticks - anything with that brownish coating on it seems to set her off. Also, it took me a while to realize this, there is some random cat pooping in our yard. Liberty loves to eat it and that definitely gives her instant diarrhea. EVERY time she gets a morsel of that, voila! Instant diarrhea. So I have to accompany her out to the yard and I'm constantly trying to beat her to the cat poop.

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If he is behaving normally otherwise, ( if not, he needs to be seen by a vet -sooner is better). Feed him a bland diet, a mixture of boiled ground beef (or chicken) and cooked rice (1 cup meat to 2 cups cooked rice) in place of his meals, to give his stomach a chance to settle (NO kibble), for a few days at least, and his poop is more solid. Adding a tablespoon or so of plain canned pumpkin to the rice can help as well. Then slowly (over a week) replace the rice with the kibble he was on.


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[QUOTE=jozie;1862584]Hey all,

So recently my puppy has been having loose stools. His stools are fluctuating from being firm to a soft-serve icecream type to melted ice-cream daily (it gets worse as the day goes on.) It is especially bad at night! He recently finished his dog food, (Now! Fresh, large breed puppy food) and we purchased a new bag of the same food which he is eating now. We've tried giving him rice and that has helped a bit. Before his loose stools, I gave him a hide bone (dingo ringos) which he demolished and the day after, his stools started appearing loose. I'm not sure if that has to do with anything but just letting you know so I can get some input. We've stopped him on all treats and have just been giving him dog food and rice. His appetite is normal, and he is behaving normally-- very energetic and playful. Any idea on what could be wrong? We are thinking of taking him to the vet in a couple of days, but I just wanted an opinion on what could be wrong. He's almost 4 months, and his shots are up-to-date.

I would immediately stop giving him the Dingo Ringos and any treats.
I think taking a stool sample to the vet, would rule out any worms, or anything like coccidia.
For twenty four hours I would feed him hamburger (cooked very well and drain any fat off) and rice, until his stools get better.

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